MRes Research Project in Evolution, Behaviour or Conservation (832C1)

90 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring and summer teaching

This module requires you to carry out an independent, original, in-depth research project in consultation with a research supervisor on a specialised topic in animal behaviour, evolutionary biology or conservation biology (according to your degree).

It will involve:

  • bespoke, project-specific training in practical skills
  • the generation of hypotheses
  • the production of data
  • statistical analysis and interpretation of results
  • the presentation of results in a research seminar and a dissertation written in the form of a scientific paper.


100%: Practical (Project)


100%: Coursework (Dissertation, Media production)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 900 hours of work. This breaks down into about 14 hours of contact time and about 886 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.